The human brain slowly starts to deteriorate over time, and as we get older our memories start to dissipate into nothingness. Without photography and film, visual memories of places in time would disappear with us as we pass.
Luckily for us, rare short films like More Than One Thing, which gives us a glimpse into a black teenager's life in the 1960s, not only exist but are also being restored and preserved.
This wonderful article by the Washington University in St. Louis shows us yet again why making sure these memories don't die is so important.
More Than One Thing, directed by Washington University MFA student Steven Carver, tells of the dreams and aspirations of Billy Towns, an African American teenager growing up in the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project. The film features gorgeous black and white imagery of Pruitt-Igoe and the surrounding environment, as well as the personal reflections of young Billy via narration. The Archive houses the only existing prints of the film, donated by the filmmaker. The preservation project resulted in the generation of a 16mm duplicate negative, 16mm full-coat magnetic track, 16mm negative optical track, 16mm composite print, a digital HD transfer, and a Blu-ray access copy.